Are you looking for a way to share digital collections like yearbooks, photos, and oral history recordings online? The CVL-Collections program can help you create and maintain a content management system (CMS) to store digital versions of the items in your collections and make them easy to find online. Additionally, CVL-Collections facilitates participation in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) via the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) for Colorado libraries and cultural heritage institutions that are interested in digitizing – or have digitized, collections that are important to their communities, with minimal technical overhead.
The CVL-Collections program supports two different paths for participation.
Stand-alone Omeka site: Through the CVL-Collections program, the Colorado State Library (CSL) will build and host an instance of Omeka on behalf or your organization, with some parameters and limitations around storage space. Omeka is an open source platform that was purpose-built to store digital collections and metadata, curate content into online exhibits, and share data in a machine readable format in order to make it available to a broader audience via the PPC, which in turn feeds to the DPLA.
Marmot Digital Archive (MDA): Through the CVL-Collections program, the CSL will cover the cost of the MDA license for your institution. The MDA assists libraries in building integrated digital collections relevant to their communities and is integrated into the Pika Discovery layer in use by libraries that are part of the AspenCat consortium. This option is uniquely available to AspenCat libraries because of the consortium’s use of the Pika discovery layer, and the State Library’s relationship with Marmot.
In either scenario, the CSL provides project management for the implementation of the chosen platform, as well as training and ongoing support.